Workforce

The Wayne County region has a larger workforce than Dayton, Ohio and almost as big as Cincinnati, Ohio. Wayne County’s commuting region consists of Henry, Randolph, Fayette, and Union counties as well as Preble, Darke and surrounding counties in Ohio.

Data Wayne County Region Wayne County Indianapolis Dayton Cincinnati Indiana Ohio United States
Mean Hourly Wage $17.25* $18.53 $24.52 $21.48 $25.60 $22.32 $23.35 $26.60
Median Earnings of Workers $27,503* $25,806 $28,468 $18,685 $25,984 $29,865 $30,486 $31,334
Median Household Income $44,425* $39,691 $43,101 $28,745 $34,629 $50,433 $50,674 $55,322
Current Unemployment Rate 4.1% 3.8% 3.3% 4.7% 4.3% 3.5% 5.0% 4.4%
Union Membership N/A 3.6% N/A N/A N/A 6.5% 7.9% 6.5%
Labor Force 125,023 30,832 442,025 59,100 145,200 3,320,409 5,780,021 160,320,000

*represented as an average of the following counties: Darke (OH), Fayette, Henry, Preble (OH), Randolph, Union, and Wayne 

Sources: Mean Hourly Wage – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2017 Annual Average; Median Earnings of Workers and Median Household Income – American FactFinder, American Community Survey 2012-2016 5-Year Estimates; Current Unemployment Rate and Labor Force – Stats Indiana, Labor Force/Unemployment, using BLS data, 2017 Annual Average;  
Union Membership – Unionstats.com, Private / % Members, 2017 data

 

Workforce Availability Report – East Central Indiana Southeastern Region

Analysis of the region’s workforce

 

Wage and Benefit Survey

Survey of East Central Indiana companies

 

Commuting Patterns

Counties Receiving Workers from Wayne County – 2016
 
County Workers % of Wayne County Labor Force
Ohio (State) 774 1.89%
Henry County 415 1.01%
Fayette County 373 0.91%
Marion County 343 0.84%
Out of State 292 0.71%
Other 1,225 2.98%
Total Commuting Out 3,422 8.33%

 

Counties Sending Workers to Wayne County – 2016

 

County Workers % of Wayne County Workforce
Ohio (State) 1,148 2.71%
Randolph County 768 1.81%
Fayette County 711 1.68%
Union County 567 1.34%
Henry County 514 1.21%
Other 982 2.32%
Total Commuting In 4,690 11.08%

Source: STATS Indiana

Recent Expansions and Layoffs/Closures Affecting 20+ Positions

Recent Expansions (last 5 years)
Company Year # Jobs Industry
Sugar Creek Packing Co. 2018 150 Food Processor
Dot Transporation 2017 36 Food Redistributor
Osborn International 2017 47 Wire Brush Manufacturer
TBK America 2017 21 Oil and Water Truck Pumps
Vandor Corporation 2017 30 Funeral Products, Plastics
Blue Buffalo Co. 2016 165 Pet Food
Omen Casting Group 2016 100 Aluminum Casting for Automotives
Grafcor Inc. 2015 33 Industrial Printing
Osborn International 2015 37 Surface Treatment Solutions & Finishing Tools
Janesville Acoustics 2015 87 Acoustical and Thermal Fiber Insulation
Main Street 2014 100 Medical Rehabilitation
Dot Transportation 2014 35 Food Redistributor
Vandor Corporation 2014 30 Funeral Products, Plastics
Berry Plastics 2014 50 Plastic Container Manufacturer
Wolverine Worldwide 2013 184 Customer Service Call Center – Shoes
Finance System of Richmond 2013 43 Collections Call Center
Sugar Creek Packing Co. 2012 400 Food Processor
Recent Layoffs/Closures (last 5 years)
Company Year # Jobs Industry
Autocar 2017 70 – layoff Terminal Tractors & Yard Trucks
Janesville Acoustics 2017 70 Fiber Insulation for Automotives
MEG 2016 30 Department Store Fixture Manufacturer
Paul Casket 2016 40 Casket Manufacturer
Dayton Hooven 2016 20 Label Manufacturer
CR England 2015 35 Truck Driving School
Optical Disc Solutions 2015 40 Compact Disc Manufacturer

 

Wayne County Annual Industry Distribution of Jobs and Average Wages – 2017

Industry Establishments Jobs % Dist. Wage Per Job
Total 1,429 30,170 100% $38,100
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, & Hunting 14 215 0.7% $32,595
Mining 3 23 0.1% $47,081
Utilities 5 53 0.2% $102,617
Construction 111 726 2.4% $41,899
Manufacturing 108 5,778 19.2% $49,668
Wholesale Trade 68 846 2.8% $50,117
Retail Trade 240 3,865 12.8% $24,175
Transportation & Warehousing 53 749 2.5% $50,185
Information 18 276 0.9% $33,529
Finance & Insurance 94 916 3.0% $49,159
Real Estate, Rental, & Leasing 43 141 0.5% $36,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 102 421 1.4% $45,459
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6 273 0.9% $77,301
Admin. & Support & Waste Mgt. & Rem. Services 78 1,869 6.2% $28,487
Educational Services 20 2,185 7.2% $33,947
Health Care and Social Services 151 5,640 18.7% $47,063
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 21 168 0.6% $17,608
Accommodation and Food Services 146 2,938 9.7% $15,070
Other Services (Except Public Administration) 117 660 2.2% $25,095
Public Administration 32 964 3.2% $37,635

Source: Stats America, US Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS)

 

Right-To-Work

A right-to-work law is a statute in the United States of America that prohibits union security agreements, or agreements between labor unions and employers that govern the extent to which an established union can require employees’ membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring. “Right-to-work” laws do not, as the short phrase might suggest, aim to provide a general guarantee of employment to people seeking work, but rather are a government regulation of the contractual agreements between employers and labor unions that prevents them from excluding non-union workers, or requiring employees to pay a fee to unions that have negotiated the labor contract the workers work under.

 

Workforce Educational Attainment

Level Wayne County Region Wayne County Indianapolis Dayton Cincinnati Indiana Ohio United States
High School Grad or higher 86.7% 84.7% 85.5% 83.1% 86.2% 88.1% 89.5% 87.0%
Associate Degree 8.3% 8.4% 7.3% 9.2% 7.0% 8.4% 8.4% 8.2%
Bachelors Degree or higher 14.6% 17.1% 29.0% 17.6% 33.8% 24.6% 26.7% 30.3%
Graduate Degree 5.3% 7.2% 10.0% 6.5% 14.1% 8.9% 10.0% 11.5%

Source: American FactFinder, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Population 25 Years+